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Published January 14, 2013, 08:48 AM

North Dakota couple donates part of oil income to charities

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota couple says the best part about the oil boom is that they're able to give more money to charities.

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota couple says the best part about the oil boom is that they're able to give more money to charities.

Konnie and Sharon Norstog say they don't think they deserve the income they're getting from the minerals they own, so they're giving much of it away.

The retired Watford City ranchers tell The Forum that they didn't earn the money so they want to do "the right thing" with it. Sharon Norstog is also a retired minister.

The couple doesn't have oil wells on their nearly 2,000 acres. Rather, the oil is beneath the land. The money they get for it hasn't prompted lifestyle changes. Konnie Norstog drives a minivan with nearly 300,000 miles.

The Norstogs have allowed themselves a few indulgences, though, including two Alaska cruises.

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